Fairfield’s bravest train in fire and ice


Fairfield firefighters recently completed its flashover survival training at the Fairfield Regional Fire School. They also has to take a refresher course in ice rescue.

Recent weather variations and constant challenges faced by Fairfield firefighters have resulted in an odd few weeks of in-service training, as the department completes its flashover survival drills at the Fairfield Regional Fire School, only a few weeks after completing ice rescue training at the Samp Mortar Reservoir in early March.

A late freezing season and mandated EMT refreshers in January put crews out on the ice starting in late February, and the recent break in temperatures made flashover training possible, according to Fire Chief Richard Felner.

“We have annual training scheduled for the various equipment and skills that need to be maintained by Fairfield’s fire fighters,” Felner said. “But the weather doesn’t always cooperate.”

All Fire Department personnel who respond to emergencies, ranging from ice and cold water rescue to fully involved structure fires, must receive annual refresher training in accordance with Connecticut OSHA requirements in order to maintain their response capabilities, Felner said.

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